The Wexford u-20 hurlers lost out to Kilkenny in the Leinster hurling final on Monday evening…
Wexford failed to get going in the first-half being 0-07 to 0-01 down at one stage, but a gutsy second-half surge almost saw them bring the game into extra time.
On this week’s The Hurling Podcast with Garry Doran and Ben Bernie, Wexford u-20 hurling manager Keith Rossiter discussed some of the most difficult things about management and the major talking points from the game.
Oulart-The Ballagh club man Keith Rossiter took charge of the Wexford u-20 hurling panel last year.
At the start of the podcast, Rossiter pinpointed the most difficult aspect of management:
“I can only pick 15. We can only decide on 15 for matchday. The really killing part is that we’ve 33 on the panel. We can only tog out 24. That’s the hardest thing. Picking the guys who don’t tog out. That’s the killer message really. You can’t tog out with the lads; you’re still part of the day, but you can’t tog out,” Rossiter said.
One of the major talking points of Wexford’s u-20 hurling championship, which was identified in a recent column, was AJ Redmond’s move from corner-forward to corner-back. Redmond scored 1-11 when Wexford won the Leinster Minor hurling final back in 2019, so it was a shock to many Wexford hurling followers to see such a switch.
On the podcast, Rossiter highlighted that Rathnure’s Redmond played a significant role in this decision. Interestingly, he noted that all players took part in a survey at the “start of the year” whereby Redmond stated that his favourite position was in defence. After playing in the backs with IT Carlow in the Fitzgibbon Cup, he was then placed in the backs with Wexford.
Another thing that may interest Wexford hurling fans is the fact that Rossiter stated that he’s willing to sit down and “to have a chat” with Micháel Martin about continuing in his role with the u-20 hurlers next year.
The entire podcast with Keith Rossiter can be listened to here.
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